I am big believer in doing what you love!
Running plays a HUGE part in my life.
I run for many reasons… it is such a gift!
But like any exercise, there are times that we can feel we are stuck in a rut…we loose our motivation…we can even loose our love of running.
Here are some great tips to rediscover your running mojo:
1. Vary where you run.
Don’t always run the same route….try mixing it up..especially the surfaces you are running on!
- The beach
- The forest or dirt fire trail
- A park
- The local grass oval
- A synthetic track
We drive to beautiful places for a picnic or special occasion – why not drive to someplace new – and then have a great run!
This can really blow out the cobwebs and freshen up our perspective.
2. Vary how you run.
It’s easy to get stuck in a routine of running a particular distance or at a particular pace.
Mix it up a little with:
- Speed training ( shorter distances at a higher intensity)
- Hill training (long, gentle hills and shorter but steeper hills).
- Endurance training
- Strength training
A holistic approach to running will encompass all these. It not only builds us stronger physically, but it is fantastic for us mentally and emotionally to have this variety!
3. Vary when you run.
Whilst we tend to be creatures of habit, don’t be afraid to try running at a different time of day…mornings, afternoon, evening.
Just take the approprite safety precautions.
4. Vary who you run with.
Some people love running in a squad…others prefer their solitude.
Whatever your preference, step out of your comfort zone occasionally and try something different!
I love running with my children and the dog – we chat and run and explore all at the same time 😁
If you run with music normally – give it a try without….and take in the sounds around you whilst moving.
Or if you don’t usually take music with you – why not give it a try!!
5. Set some goals.
Having a purpose is fantastic motivation!!
You don’t have to be preparing for a competition to set goals.
Consider the following for some ideas…
- Running a particular distance without stopping to walk.
- Running a specific distance in a certain time.
- Beating your current PB.
- To be able to run hill repeats and feel stronger.
- Complete a Park Run or Fun Run
Your goals are about you…so make it personal and write it down.
Goals without plans remain just wishful thinking.
To translate those goals into reality – create a step by step plan.
If you need help with this, chat with a running coach who will be able to assist you formulate a training plan to help you chase down those goals!
6. Join a club
All over the world there are some great running clubs. Some are formal (Junior and Senior Athletic Clubs) and others are more informal training squads and Park Run communities.
Hanging out with other people who also love running is great fun and really inspiring!
Check out our Useful Links page to help find a club near you.
If you have a question, please fill out a form on our Contact page and I will respond 😁